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Learn about the exciting range of opportunities to work in the public interest.

Whatever your major, skills, and interests, there are exciting and meaningful opportunities to work in the public interest, either as your primary job or in a volunteer capacity. 

Explore the resources below and schedule an advising appointment with a member of the Cardinal Careers team!


Cardinal Careers Thursdays

Head to Cardinal Careers Thursday events at the Haas Center Donald Kennedy Conference Room (DK Room) every Thursday from 3:30-5:00 pm to receive guidance on finding work in the public interest from a panel of professionals working in public service. Check out the topics for our upcoming Cardinal Careers events by clicking the link above! 

Pathways of Public Service

These pathways describe the ways in which you may contribute to social impact, no matter what field you choose. Learn more by clicking the link above!

  • Community Engaged Learning and Research
  • Community Organizing and Activism
  • Direct Service
  • Philanthropy
  • Policy and Governance
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility


Public Interest Fields                         

  • Arts/Media for Social Good
  • Conservation/Forestry/Natural Resources
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Economic Inclusion
  • Education/Youth
  • Environment/Climate/Energy
  • Gender/Culture/Identity Issues and Justice
  • Faith-based Cooperation/Service
  • Food Security and Infrastructure
  • Health/Medicine
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Relief
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration/Refugees
  • International Development
  • Military Service
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy/Diplomacy
  • Public Interest Law/Criminal Justice Reform
  • Public Safety
  • Grantmaking and Impact Investing
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Sector Consulting
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • State and Local Government
  • Tech for Good/Engineering for Good